Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    MICU Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

    Job Title
    MICU Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
    Job ID
    Washington,  DC
    Other Location
    With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
    We are looking for a passionate person who wants to join our Pharmacy department at Howard University Hospital. Every day is a new challenge, and you're continually looking for ways to help our team get better at what we do, in the most efficient way possible. You move fast while keeping your attention to detail, and you tap into your problem-solving skills to support Howard University hospital’s business objectives. Ideal candidates have experience in a fast-paced high growth environment and the ability to work part of a team.


    Under the direction of the Director of Pharmacy Services, manages and develops clinical services of the department to support a high level of patient care and appropriate utilization of drug therapy through direct patient care activities, clinical services administration and staff education.




    Internal contacts with Hospital Administration, Department Heads, Medical Staff, Nursing, patients and their family members, and other professional while remaining in compliance with organizational, licensure and accreditation requirements.


    Responsible for reviewing pharmacy and organizational policies and procedures in regard to drug use and departmental readiness for regulatory audits.

    Represents the Pharmacy Department on key committees of the institution and participates in new initiatives and quality improvement activities.

    Maintain an active, current clinical practice based on evidence-based medicine.

    Serves as a clinical specialist resource for pharmacists, nurses and physicians.

    Provides clinical staff development services and instruction within area of expertise to pharmacy staff. Assists with evaluation of staff clinical activities and interventions.

    Documents clinical activities that include, but are not limited to, disease-state management, general pharmacotherapeutic monitoring, pharmacokinetic monitoring, ADEs, education, and other patient care activities.

    Promotes the use of the formulary when possible, but coordinates procurement of non-formulary drugs when necessary.

    Works closely with Clinical Coordinator and participates in quality assurance programs and clinical pathway development to enhance pharmaceutical care.

    Participates in the development of medication use management programs within Howard University Hospital including clinical guidelines, critical pathways, disease management, and drug use programs.

    Understands and supports the mission, vision and values of Howard University Hospital and assures that the staff models these principles.
    Provides patient focused pharmacy services, including monitoring of therapy, interventions, basic pharmacokinetics, education and medication distribution.
    Maintains an active clinical service for a select patient population, including participation in rounds with pharmacy staff and house staff and serving as an education resource to the team.
    Assists with the coordination of the organization’s drug utilization program, and develops department-wide initiatives to ensure that pharmacists monitor the use of medication in relation to patient’s age, height, weight, sex and disease state to assure appropriate utilization, and interacts with the staff to suggest therapeutic alternatives that are safe, cost effective, and evidence-based.
    Works with medical staff to develop advanced clinical services including pharmacy-managed protocols and programs.
    Reviews, prepares, and presents drug formulary reviews for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

    Assists in the preparation and presentation of other information needed by various committees such as Adverse Drug Reactions, Medication Use Indicators, Medication Errors and special topic of concern as needed.
    Coordinates Drug Utilization Evaluations and the Quality Measurement, Assessment and Improvement activities as needed.

    Assists with Drug Information activities of the department including, research, interpretation and presentation to the pharmacy and medical staff; maintains appropriate drug information references.

    Acts as an educational resource by developing and presenting programs to the pharmacy and hospital staff that promote the safe and effective use of medications.
    Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field of clinical pharmacy through literature in journals and attending related seminars.
    Actively serves as mentor and preceptor for clinical staff pharmacists, pharmacy students, and pharmacy residents through example, training, and education.
    Support pharmacy dispensing functions as assigned, when reduced staffing occurs.

    Works on pharmacy projects as assigned.

    Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.

    Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.

    Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.

    Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.

    Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.

    Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.

    Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.

    Ability to coordinate, supervise, direct, and plan the work of others.

    Ability to establish and maintain harmonious work relationships with staff, faculty, students, university officials and the general public.
    Ability to use standard office equipment, which includes a computer.
    Competence in both oral and written English.

    Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.


    Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.

    Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.

    Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.  The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.

    Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.

    Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.

    Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.


    Doctor of Pharmacy from an accredited School of Pharmacy. 

    Completion of a PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in a specialized clinical area from an accredited program.

    Registration as a pharmacist in the District of Columbia or eligibility for registry through reciprocity.  BPS certified preferred.

    At least one year of pharmacy experience in a clinical setting highly preferred.

    Able to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, see, compare, evaluate, interpret, organize, and write (finger dexterity) for extended periods of time.

     At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:

    Work-life balance
    •    Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
    •    Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, and sick leave and 403B retirement plan)
    •    100% free tuition to attend Howard University for you and/or your dependent children
    •    COVID-19 Vaccination 

    #GR8Allied HealthCare
    Required Skills

    Minimum Requirements: Doctor of Pharmacy degree required Completion of PGY-2 residency in a specialized clinical area. at least 1 year of demonstrated clinical experience preferred.

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